Yesterday, it was announced that the Government are returning more powers back to Rotherham Council. This move will bring further functions back under democratic control at the authority. It was confirmed by Sajid Javid MP, Communities Secretary and will see the return of five out of the last six powers which sit with Commissioners. It therefore means all functions aside from children’s social care will have been returned back to the council.
Councillor Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham MBC, has said:
“We welcome today’s announcement as confirmation that the council continues to be on the right track, and that we are making big strides toward the full restoration of all powers to Rotherham’s democratically elected members.
“It is testament to the hard work and collaboration of Commissioners, members and officers, to improve services for local people.
Significant improvements have been made in children’s social care but we are clear there is still more to do. There is no complacency, and we will continue to push forward with our improvement plans to ensure these services are the best they can be for our children and young people, and their families.”
Rotherham Council has been under Government control since February 2015 and decision making powers rested under the responsibility of appointed Commissioners. The return of five out of the last six powers in this weeks announcement include the following functions: community safety, waste management, performance management, asset management and HR.
You can read the announcement made this week by the Department for Communities and Local Government here.